Love Letter To My Beloved

Grumpy Old ManThis is the sign on our front door…you’d be surprised how it deflects both door-to-door salesman and rogue missionaries! And it’s only partly true. My Sweetheart Albert is a joy-filled, young-at-heart, playful, funny, delightful man who does not suffer fools well. He is mostly patient, tolerant, compassionate, and kind…BUT, if you’re mean-spirited, gossipy, arrogant, self-centered, or any way bigoted, you’d best NOT knock on our door!

After discovering that some of the life-partners I picked early in my life were lacking in the various virtues I admired most (intelligence, kindness, good humor, compassion), I felt like the luckiest woman in the world when Albert Albert & Lasagne and I found each other on an archaeology project in 2000. I joke that he saw me at my worst and my best–four feet under ground in a 3 foot by 3 foot excavation unit, grubby, sweaty, and grinning like crazy at the wonderful adventure of pursuing my passion–archaeology. We share that passion–and so many others (blush, blush!)…Camp CookAnd he’s one of the smartest, kindest, FUNNIEST people I’ve ever known…our life together has been the very best part of my life!

My Dad always said you could tell a lot about a man if he was a good camper or not…that is, could he build a fire, cook over it, keep you warm and dry, be of good cheer even when the weather went bad or someone forgot to pack the matches? And Albert is that guy…he absolutely SHINES camping–the fire gets started even with wet twigs and he’s a great camp cook, stirring up delights as he whistles a happy tune. At home in the wilds, Albert is the original Nature Boy! My Dad would be grinning to know I ended up with a Good Camper! And so am I!Campin' With gusP.S. AND he really knows how to RELAX–a virtue I have only begun to cultivate! He can sit in a lawn chair with a good book, our happy dog Gus beside him,  with a big ol’ grin on his face, and NOT feel guilty about all the things on his “to do” list! He has sooooo much to teach me! And I’m an eager and enthusiastic student–Kaitlin A'Bloom Autumn EquinoxLife is beautiful and I AM the luckiest woman in the world because I have the love, respect, and affection of one smart, sweet, silly, sexy “grumpy old man!”

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WHOOOOOSH! What A Great Week!

Hello Funsters~

I’ve just had the most amazing week! Don’tcha just love when you discover that someone you thought you knew  surprises you with a hobby or a talent or a special interest that knocks your sox off? Well…I hope I can be that someone for you this week!

Most people know me as a mild mannered Mistress of Merriment at The Creative Cottage–teaching creativity classes and making art. Others know that my background includes hospice nursing, archaeology, dry land gardening, wildlife tracking, creative writing, and being a mom, grandma, and wife. Some know that I’m President of StoryArts Group, Inc., the fine local folks who bring the monthly Odyssey Storytelling series to Tucson, and that I’ve told stories to adults and kids for years.

story close 13On Friday night, I joined my wonderful friend and amazing sidekick Penelope Starr Penelope 11-13at Antigone Bookstore for a wonderful evening of fun and entertainment telling stories. Antigone is our very own independent, solar powered, groovy bookstore on our famous, funky Fourth Avenue and they have provided us an opportunity to do these shows every autumn for the last four years–it’s become a wonderful tradition for us!story sign 13We called it Imaginary Stories (That Just Could Be True): an entertaining evening of mirth and mischief telling fanciful stories, tall tales, and outright lies! Thanks to all of you who came out to support us! There was an over-flow crowd and people really seemed to have as much fun as we were having! 

story crowd 13We told stories from our own lives–some true and some “not so” and the audience got to guess which were which…of the dozens and dozens of folks there not one single person guessed all of them correctly–which either means we’re GREAT storytellers or horrible liars! But we had a blast and thanks again to Antigone for the pleasure of another wonderful evening!story ooo 13So, you’d think, that was all the fun one dame could handle in a week huh? Wrongo, Wrongo.

Last Saturday, I was able to fulfill a “bucket list” dream thanks to my beloved Albert’s surprise gift. I got to drive a real Nascar race car! race car 1I LOVE fast cars and have always been a “gear head”–my Dad was the sort of guy who could fix anything and he taught me all about cars & engines. He taught me that knowing how an internal combustion engine worked was cool–and looooong before “women’s lib,” he insisted I know how to change my own oil & spark plugs. He taught me to love tools and respect their use, to play fair and work hard, and to be an honorable but fierce competitor. I’ve been eternally grateful to him for this legacy of empowerment and couldn’t help but believe he was my co-pilot on this adventure, even though he passed away over a year ago now.

In the early days of my “racing career” I drove an old, beat up,  souped-up Chevelle Super Sport at the Imperial Raceway in El Centro, California. It was a rough and tumble dirt track and loads of fun but I’ve always dreamed of driving a high-powered Nascar style race car…so I DID!!!! race signI got suited up… Race suitGot my helmet and wriggled into the car…car windowin carAnd then I put my foot to the floor and raced around the track like I was a Nascar super star! It was an absolute blast! I didn’t crash–I didn’t pee my pants–and I had sooooo much fun!car waveWhat a week!!!!!! I’m still in such a happy mood!

P. S.

For those of you who think Nascar is just plain hill-billy crazy–in today’s prestigious New York Times, there was an article about the great American poet Billy Collins, who has graced our own Tucson Festival of Books  to the delight of his legions of fans, and HE admitted to being a rabid Nascar fan. ( New York Times/ 11/17/2013: an article by Kate Murphy: Billy Collins)  I rest my case.

Vroooooom Vrooooom Beep Beep!

Check out my new December class schedule by going up to the top banner and clicking on “Creative Cottage Classes” and come join me for some relaxing fun!

© Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2013. All rights reserved.

Autumn Camping Adventures!

How my Sweetheart and I LOVE to camp! We are both busy professionals, with much on our plates, often driven by project deadlines, sometimes overwhelmed with house and garden chores, and  frequently entangled in our innumerable civic responsibilities. But, once a month, rain or shine, even if we’re oppressed by other tasks or feeling like we can’t spare the time, we throw all our gear into our little red pick up truck, get the dog, lock up the house, and head out for a few days of camping. I think it literally saves our souls!  Front PorchWe rent a little cabin from the Forest Service in a place called Kentucky Camp and just allow ourselves the immeasurable joy of doing NOTHING! KY Camp-2We read and I make art and my Sweetheart rambles around and we get up with the sun and sleep when the moon comes out. We have campfires and often see no one in the wonderfully peaceful quiet except folks hiking the adjacent Arizona Trail who sometimes stop by to share stories of their adventures.AZ Trail         Our beloved camping companion Gus LOVES the place…Gus           and we love the history that surrounds the little cabin100 year signof an old mining operation gone bust…with the historic the old adobe walls propped up adobe wall 1and lovely rusty stuff scattered about  old machine(and you know how I LOVE rusty stuff!) KC-walls-rustwindmill bladesThere is a large old lodge used for educational conferences on the site that has its own magical charms…lodgeroof line 1doorways, dinner bells, and old relics…KC-hallwaydinner bellold stoveWe feel so blessed to be surrounded by beautiful flora KC-flowers--and amazing fauna (this is a mountain lion track!) KC - lion paw--and the days just fly by in incredible peaceKY Camp-3 We find ourselves hating to return to what passes as “civilization!”

But we return re-charged, re-enchanted, and re-awakened to our good fortune…eager to return to our favorite campin’ spot…ready for another adventure!

Porch SignHappy Trails To You until We Meet Again!

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